Right to Family Life and Family Reunification

64 NGOs call the EU Member States and the European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees

On the occasion of the public hearing on family reunification of third country nationals living in the EU, we, the undersigned organisations, call on the European Commission and EU Member States to guarantee the effective right to family life and family reunification for all migrants and beneficiaries of international protection. It is in the interest of Member States to harmonize practices and legislation in the field of family reunification. We remind that Member States have the obligation to properly implement the EU Family Reunification Directive and to remove the many legal and practical obstacles to family reunion that exist today.
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Right to Family Life and Family Reunification

20 NGOs call the EU Member States and the European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees
Today, on the International Day of Families, we, the undersigned organisations, call on the European Commission and EU Member States to guarantee the effective right to family life and family reunification for all migrants and beneficiaries of international protection. It is in the interest of Member States to harmonize practices and legislation in the field of family reunification. We remind that Member States have the obligation to properly implement the EU Family Reunification Directive and to remove the many legal and practical obstacles to family reunion that exist today.
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CCME Executive Committee calls on “EU member states to agree on more ambitious targets”

CCME Press Release 12/05

02.04.12 13:28

Refugee resettlement to the EU:
European churches call for 20.000 places by 2020
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CCME Executive Committee calls on “EU member states to agree on more ambitious targets”
 
CCME moderator Prof Dr Victoria Kamondji said that “the recent adoption of the EU resettlement scheme after such long negotiations is an encouraging sign. The EU member must now use the momentum to increase their efforts in this exercise of global responsibility sharing. Churches and other civil society organisation would stand ready to make their contribution to this.”
 
While the Executive Committee of the Churches´ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) welcomes recent decisions of the EU Parliament and Council, CCME calls on EU member states to increase the volume and impact of refugee resettlement to the EU. In a policy paper adopted at its meeting in Hannover (Germany) 29-31 March 2012, the CCME Executive Committee, argues that “the EU and its member states can and must do more to offer protection to the most vulnerable refugees”. The policy papers notes that only a small percentage of the world’s refugees are hosted in Europe and that EU member states so far only offer around 4.-5.000 places per year for refugee resettlement. It highlights that the adoption of a common resettlement scheme by EU Council and European Parliament in March should lead to a “debate how a more meaningful and ambitious contribution by EU member states to international refugee protection could be achieved until the end of this decade and how coordination by the EU could maximise impact.”
 
In its policy recommendations, the CCME Executive Committee puts forward the target of 20.000 resettlement places to be made available annually by the then 28 (or more) EU member states by the year 2020. An overview table illustrates which ranges of resettlement places per member state would allow the EU to offer 20.000 resettlement places by the end of the decade. The CCME Executive Committee underlines that “the figures for 20.000 places within 8 years is entirely realistic, however, steps for attaining the figures need to start now”. The policy paper argues for stronger coordination of resettlement efforts of EU member states with external policies of the EU and calls for strong cooperation between governments, UNHCR and civil society in planning, implementing and evaluating refugee resettlement to the EU.
 
The full text of the policy paper can be found at: http://www.ccme.be/fileadmin/filer/ccme/20_Areas_of_Work/01_Refugee_Protection/2012-03-30-20_00_places_policy_final.pdf

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OPEN YOUR EYES!

 

PRESS CONFERENCE Brussels 15th March 2012, 11.0012.00

Labour trafficking: European NGO campaign asks EU citizens to “open your eyes !”

Presentation of video spot in four European countries to highlight need for better identification

Tens of thousands persons every year find themselves trafficked into forced labour in Europe, according to estimates in the EU Member States, with exploitation happening mainly in the areas of construction, agriculture or domestic services. Against this background a group of civil society organisations in four European countries will on 15th March launch a series of video spots, asking EU citizens to “open your eyes” and help in identifying trafficked persons. The video spot is part of the MIRROR project. Read more...

 

Christian organisations on family reunification

February 2012

Caritas Europa, CCME, COMECE, Eurodiaconia, ICMC, JRS-Europe - Jesuit Refugee service Europe, and QCEA submit:

Comments on the European Commission´s Green Paper on the right of family reunification of third-country nationals living in the European Union

Our organisations represent Churches throughout Europe – Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic – as well as Christian agencies particularly concerned with migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. As Christian organisations we are deeply committed to the inviolable dignity of the human person created in the image of God, the freedom of every human being, as well as to the common good, global solidarity and the promotion of a society that welcomes strangers...


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